On Saturday, February 6, 2010, Washington, D.C., got hit with Snowmageddon, the second major storm of the 2009-2010 winter season. I had thought that the Christmas storm was bad. (Just before Christmas, the Snowpocalypse dumped 16 inches of snow on the metro region.) But on February 6, Snowmageddon slammed us with another 18 inches of snow. Some areas near DC got as much as 33 inches in one day! And just when we thought things were already absurd (remember we only had one storm last year and all the snow melted by the afternoon), Snoverkill hit the region only 5 days later, dropping another 10 inches of snow on us.
The District couldn’t handle the snow. Businesses, bars, and restaurants all shut down.
Most of the streets were uncleared. It was impossible to drive anywhere. Sidewalks were piled high with snow. People resorted to walking in the middle of the street. Some took to skis.
And despite the freezing temperatures and continued snowfall, many DC residents decided it was time to play. A huge snowball fight erupted on the Mall.
The storm turned the Mall into a winter wonderland.
The Constitution Garden Pond looked particularly beautiful.
I took many photos of the Mall on Saturday, but after wondering around the Hill and the Mall for 5 hours in a snowstorm, I got cold, tired, and hungry. So, I set out for home. As I walked home, the storm subsided and the sun began to set. I then encountered some of my best photo opportunities of the day.
I found this view of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum stunning.
With the exception of the few photos I took on my way home at the end of the day, most of my photos from Saturday were solid white, with a white sky over a white landscape. The bleakness of the photos provide some drama, demonstrating the severity of the storm. However, it would have been nice to get some more color.
Keywords: Capitol, District of Columbia, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Snowmageddon, Washington, Washington Monument, blizzard, dusk, snow, sunset, weather
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